International Women’s Day 2020

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Group of Women - Featured Image

Celebrating all women

A day dedicated to celebrating women? Sounds like a great idea! Women are always uplifted for their achievements but today we really focus on the women we are, the women we know and the women we aspire to be.

On Sunday 8th March, people all over the world will show their appreciation to all women. The organisers of #IWD have chosen to focus on the theme of equality and #EachforEqual – encouraging people of all genders and backgrounds to treat females as equals. As The People’s Gym, we already do this at Xercise4Less Gyms and are proud of our equality and inclusivity across all of our 51 gyms.

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Encouraging women to smash goals at Xercise4Less Gyms

With a huge variety of equipment in our gyms, we encourage women of all abilities and of all fitness levels to train with us. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never stepped into a gym before or you’ve been using gyms for years, there will be something to suit you. Some women might not have done weight training before and some women may not have done much cardio training before but luckily, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in an Xercise4Less gym.

The best way to navigate the gym is to set yourself regular fitness goals. If you’re wanting to lose weight for a certain event (wedding day, holiday, birthday), use our cardio equipment such as treadmills and rowing machines and maybe start following HIIT workouts. We run a huge range of fitness classes including the famous Les Mills classes, legs bums and tums, boxercise, Zumba and clubbercise – all of these will allow you to meet other men and women too whilst pushing your fitness to the next level. If you’re wanting to gain weight and muscle, we have resistance machines and free weight areas that allow you the freedom to focus. Whether you want to smash leg day or push your full body workout to the next level, as part of your great value membership you’ll have access to leg presses, weightlifting platforms and dumbbells up to 75kg. This is just some of the quality equipment that allows women of all abilities and backgrounds to push themselves out of their comfort zone at Xercise4Less Gyms

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Inclusivity is key at Xercise4Less

We’re proud to be a real gym. We understand our members. We know that some women want to build up their confidence at their own pace before they’re thrown into the ‘deep end’. That’s why the vast majority of Xercise4Less gyms have a separate Ladies Only section which provide you with a place to work out without having to worry about being surrounded by male members or maybe just more advanced gym users.

Equality is as important to us as it is to you. That’s why within Ladies Only zones, you have access to the same equipment as all members, just in a smaller space. By using cardio equipment, dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, weighted plates, resistance machines and more, you can take your fitness journey to the next level. Just because you want to work out within the comfort of a smaller space, doesn’t mean you need to give up on your fitness goals. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we will support your goals and include you in our amazing community.

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Join inclusive Xercise4Less today

At Xercise4Less, we have something for all women regardless of their goals. If you want to transform your body – this could mean weight loss or weight gain – you can sign up for one of our inclusive group Transformation Camps led by our qualified instructors. If you want to blast excess calories and fat, we have a diverse range of classes to test you and your fitness. If you like to mix up your workouts, you’ll have a choice of weights zones, combat zones, a spin studio, an exercise studio and so much more with us.

Join Xercise4Less Gyms today on International Women’s Day and pay just £10 for your first month with NO added fees! After all, who runs the world? GIRLS!

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A Gym Fit For Everyone

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Xercise4Less Gyms: Inclusive to all

At Xercise4Less Gyms we focus on making fitness accessible to everyone no matter their age, body size, fitness level or physical and mental abilities. That’s why it was so heartening to hear recently from Space Inclusive how our gym in Nottingham was helping their clients with learning difficulties to feel much more comfortable with exercise.

Space Inclusive work with people with learning disabilities in the East Midlands. They’re “committed to improving the lives and prospects of people with learning difficulties” and they’re particularly passionate about maintaining and promoting healthy lifestyles. Most Space Inclusive clients already want to improve their fitness and the organisation “always offered a gym programme”. But recently they’ve wanted to harness the well-documented benefits of strength training for bone strength, flexibility and weight management. This then was “the start of our journey with Xercise4Less”.

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Learning the benefits of exercise

All individuals have a need to stay healthy and fit and we want to make our gyms inviting spaces that can adapt to the needs and interests of our members. Working with any group who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized like people with learning disabilities is important as regular exercise has a very positive impact on their lives in terms of health, employment, independence and confidence.

According to Space Inclusive director Richard Mynett, not only are the Xercise4Less gym sessions “helping to maintain and improve health for individuals” but they also “improve confidence and team working”. Space Inclusive are always delighted when their clients realise the benefits of regular exercise and a health and balanced diet. In fact, some of their clients have “even adapted their diets as they are keen to see results from the work they are doing at the gym”. And working out in the gm hasn’t only helped in a physical sense but helped build their clients’ confidence “both in the gym and in other areas of their life, as well as giving them a real sense of achievement”. Even better some of Space Inclusive’s more independent clients are now exercising on their own, meeting friends and making new fitness friendships all thanks to the social outlet provided by working out in the gym.  

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A helping hand from Xercise4Less Gyms

Space Inclusive has highlighted too how a rapport has been built up between our friendly fitness staff and their clients. Our inclusive environment has made it easier for their support staff to train with individuals who have learning difficulties. Richard Mynett finds the typically friendly atmosphere of an Xercise4Less gym especially inclusive, “the staff are always welcoming and will help with clients by giving us their skills and knowledge” as well as “encouraging correct procedure to ensure safety”.

For people with learning disabilities who how haven’t used the gym before, that’s particularly helpful as they feel more comfortable in this new environment. Add in the “high quality of the equipment and the realistic pricing” as well as the location of our Nottingham gym “in the heart of our community” and for Space Inclusive Xercise4Less is now a great option for their clients.

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The way forward for real fitness results

For Space Inclusive clients the future looks bright on the fitness front. With practical steps taken like introducing gym diaries so that everyone can “keep track of their progress” their clients “have really engaged with going to the gym”. As they see and feel the benefits of working out in the gym, they’re more open to trying “different forms of exercise and sporting activity”. And that’s something Space Inclusive is keen to encourage.

 

As Space Inclusive director David Bingham points out, “some of our clients have become very independent in the gym and we are hoping that they can role model the skills they have learnt to other clients who haven’t had as much experience in a gym setting”. Importantly Space Inclusive’s clients can also see just how much fun and enjoyment everyone is having in the gym as they “embrace the sessions”.

We love working with Space Inclusive and their clients and we hope to continue making our gyms an inclusive friendly community that everyone can be an enthusiastic part of!

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